Preview: Paint the Town Red

Paint the Town Red hosted by Every Month Manchester, at Plant NOMA.

Words and Photos by Rose Sergent

On Saturday 16 June, Every Month Manchester will be hosting the second ‘Paint the Town Red’ event at Plant NOMA. Every Month is a Manchester based not-for-profit campaign, working to provide free sanitary products for anyone experiencing period poverty. The campaign is run by volunteers and all money raised goes back into creating sanitary packs, providing safe and hygienic periods.

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‘Paint the Town Red’ celebrates the end of the latest funding campaign ‘£100 in 100 days’ in which 21 volunteers got creative and used their means to each raise the total for Every Month. To read more about the wonderful people and what they got up to, take a peek at  www.everymonthcampaign.org. The latest campaign was not only to provide more products but to help the collective achieve charity status and reach even more people.

On the 16 June, from 12-4pm, there will be lots of activities to get involved with!

Amanda Alice, Manchester based illustrator, will be drawing portraits for only £5 a go. Amanda takes inspiration from fashion and design, favouring Indian inks, water-colour paints and pastels as her choice materials. She has previously worked with NARS, Selfridges and Agent Provocateur and we’re SO excited to see the collection of portraits she creates on the day.

There will also be a free zine making workshop 12-4pm, hosted by Drawn Poorly Zine, a collective committed to sharing experiences of long-term health conditions, chronic illness and connecting people. To raise funds for ‘£100 in 100 days’, Drawn Poorly worked with five zine makers who shared their experiences of living with Endometriosis. There will be zines a plenty to flick through and a plethora of materials to inspire the creation of your mini zine. Come down, get creative and help to initiate a response to period poverty, come and share your experiences and discuss sociological perceptions of menstruation and illness. There will also be the opportunity to contribute to Every Month’s first ever zine too which will be available to view online after the event.

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The fun doesn’t stop there! The amazing Martha Elin from Every Month will be running a free banner making workshop, perfect for anyone who is interested in creating eye-catching banners for events. There will also be a patch making workshop with more details to be confirmed very soon.

Not enough I hear you say? Then book your ticket for the 6pm-late for more fun.

The Every Month raffle returns with super awesome prizes up for grabs (last year, a signed portrait of Judge Rinder proved unexpectedly popular). If you fancy donating a £1 or two, you could be in the running for; tickets to the Oldham Coliseum, a meal at Artisan, a Monki voucher, Lush products and more!

There’s also the chance to win limited art prints by Emma Speight. Emma has raised £425 so far for the ‘£100 in 100’ campaign, uploading a piece of artwork a day on social media. Emma’s work ranges from illustrated nudes to photography to sanitary products. One of Emma’s prints will be up for grabs in a raffle on the day. To follow her work have a look at her Instagram account: @emma.evelyn.s.

There will also be face painting, glitter galore, games (Cards Against Humanity period edition included…!), a DJ, plenty of food and the bar will be open! It’s going to be lots of fun.

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The team will be present all day so pop in if you want a chat or to learn more about the work they do (there will even be a ‘£100 in 100’ Powerpoint presentation in the Cinema room). Physical donations of sanitary products will also be gladly received so feel free to bring them. Plant NOMA is an accessible venue and the 12-4pm event is family friendly. If you’d like to ask anything, about the day in advance, have a chat with Rosy or Amy at everymonthcentral@gmail.com.

This event sold out quick smart last year so booking is advisable. Book your tickets over at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-paint-the-town-red

Hope to see you there!

Our guest blogger Rose Sergent is a writer, zine maker, blogger for Every Month and founding editor of Drawn Poorly Zine @drawnpoorlyzine. Follow Rose on Instagram @_rosencrantzzz 

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